Fungal pot

What inspires you? On this occasion it was fungus that did it for me, the type you see growing straight out from trees.

My version is made from Jacob wool with the fungus in Blue Faced Leicester wool.

It’s worked out quite well but I would make larger fungus next time, not too large or it wouldn’t be in scale with the pot. We almost saw blue sky this afternoon so I dashed home to take a few photos but the cloud was already back! Never mind, you’ll get the general idea. So much grey sky recently that decent photos seem to happen only in my imagination.

Having said that, perhaps I should just make a larger / very large pot and have loads of fungal growths. What do you think?



Woodland pots 2

Earlier in the week I showed you the first two pots I made with Midsummer Night’s Dream in mind. Two pots is good but I really felt it needed a third to complete the set and obviously it needed to be larger still. It’s actually the largest pot I’ve worked on in quite a while but I shrank it so far that you wouldn’t believe it.


I used the same wool and embellishments as the other two and had originally envisaged tree like branches coming up off the pot into the air. That really didn’t work for me so I went instead for some cuts into the pot. Cutting is quite unusual for me, it’s not something I really like to do to felt but on this occasion, I haven’t minded and even wondered if I should have done them larger.



Adding further embellishment in the form of bead and stitch is something I will probably do but I won’t be rushing it. Time to sit, ruminate and approach with caution as I feel it needs to be done with a light hand and just the right beads. Perhaps I’ll have to source some new beads πŸ™‚Β  The inside of the two larger pots are lined with crystal organza but I was unable to capture the sheen with my camera.


The third pot really completes the family doesn’t it? Even when these have been embellished I have other ideas to work on with this theme one of which is a felt skirt, wish me luck.

Textured vessel workshop

I always look forward to workshops, to seeing what people make but, on the day, some workshops seem to have a really good feel about them that makes them stick in your mind as a good one. This workshop was one of those, great atmosphere and I just loved what people made. It’s a fab feeling to think I helped them to achieve such brilliant results, especially as two were new to felt making.


Unusually, I took a couple of shots during the laying out process and the one below is my absolute favourite, so pretty.


In the flesh it looked like a most delicious cake! The monotone below also caught my attention., I was drawn to it’s curly exuberance.


I just had to show you this one again, finished, with the lace on the bottom which reminded me of a potters’ mark.


And a full frontal of it!


The next two were made by new felt makers and, for me, the red one has a romantic feel, love the vibe.


What can I say, purple and orange are one of my favourite colour combinations, I was always going to love this.


It’s hard to believe at times that every one of these pots came off the same shape resist. It’s about where you cut and how you shape. This next one really did have the feel of an underwater scene so scalloping the opening was perfect.


The ‘cake’ somehow became less cake and more vintage as it was felted and the plain white second opening really helps to set it off.



Sadly people weren’t willing to leave their creations with me πŸ™ I guess I’ll have to make my own.


Saturday morning dawned dark, cloudy and very wet. Simon and Charlotte had planned to accompany me to Scarborough and whilst I was at a felt workshop they would go and play with their cameras on the beach. The weather made that plan seem unwise but they went and were rewarded with a lovely sunny, if cool, day.

I was dropped at the church hall for a day of indulgence. No boot full of fibres and equipment for me just towels and lunch. It was rather freeing to be at someone else’s workshop and not have to worry about anything other than what I was making. Having chosen to do shirbori vessels with Jenny Pepper I was looking forward to the day and having time to experiment.

We began by using a resist and laying out our wool before felting in the usual manner.


You can see it’s an odd shape. After felting it most of the way we stopped and began using shirbori tying techniques to create texture and shape in our work. Below is a selection of items that I used in my felt.


At the end of the day this is what they looked like.




The first image is of my felt and look I’d made a thing! Now we had to wait for the felt to be bone dry before we could snip off the bindings.


We all seemed to really like the shapes created by putting objects like marbles and pebbles into the work but I also liked the stitching which was ruched in creating extra texture. Binding some of the spikey bits added further texture but these weren’t my favourite parts.




It’s a very sculptural piece of felt which my husband thinks is a weird thing but my teenage daughter thinks is cool. Me? I’m very pleased with the outcome and can envisage using elements of this technique in other work. I had a lovely day with Jenny experimenting and most of all, just having the time to play around and think about future workshops.


Three more workshops are in the offing over the next few weeks, I can’t wait!


Nuno vases

Nuno vases is the workshop I’m teaching on Thursday and I’m really hoping for more of this good weather so we can do at least some of the work in the garden. Here’s one I made earlier beginning with the laying out of 2 layers of turquoise wool onto a resist.


Then adding some carded wool, strips of silk, wool nepps and throwsters silk waste (my favourite silk).


A bit of rubbing later and look what I’ve got. I’m going to call it Waves. It’s worked out better than expected. The silk is ruffled which was my intention although a little more ruffled than I’d like in places but I might just add a little stitch anyway. What do you think?


Felting in a small space

People often say that wet felting is messy and takes too much space. I think today that I can refute those comments as I’ve just completed a 3D project wet felted entirely on a tea tray on my lap and no, the floor wasn’t wet and neither was I.

My Gran always used to say that I dealt cards in a very small circle, I think her actual words were toilet seat, so perhaps that’s why I didn’t find it difficult working this way.


You can see that I’ve put a towel down on the tray andΒ  then bubble wrap on top just as if I was working in a larger space. At the back of the tray are a pile of felted rolls and I’ve begun laying out the fibres onto the resist.


I’m working with Black Welsh fibres as this project is destined for outdoors so wool from a hill breed was an obvious choice. The felt rolls are now attached to the resist and I felted it by rubbing, no rolling on this occasion.


It’s pretty much done here. You can see the bottle of soapy water was exchanged for a bowlful of hot soapy water to aid fulling and it’s now sat on a radiator drying. Tomorrow I hope to show you the finished article and explain what the purpose of this container will be.


These are the photos from the 3D workshop last week. When I went to extract the photos from the camera the memory card had gone walkabout but I finally tracked it down this morning.

The two above were made by Katherine and I love the little orange mushroom pot. The white spots were created by adding wool nepps.

These two were made by Judith. The round pot has a bright red interior which you can see has started to migrate through to the outside. Somehow, these colours give it a Japanese feel for me.

As you can see, the nepps were popular with everyone and these two delightful items were made by Jeni. The box works very well I think. Below is one I made whilst demonstrating.

The Dying of the Sun

This is the final piece I submitted for the exhibition and probably the one I like the most. Inspired by the title I thought I’d make a sun and show it from red hot through to dying ember colours with the whole thing made from flowers.

When I thought I had enough I laid them out in a circular shape but it really wasn’t working for me. Not enough flowers?Β  too small? To be truly spectacular in a circular shape I decided it needed to be far larger, would need more flowers and that I would run out of time. I still liked the idea so I wondered if it would work in another shape. A rummage in the garage found me these two pieces of used wood.

I chose to work with the longer narrower piece and set to with scrbbing brush and water to clean it up. I didn’t see how I could use a single hook mechanism to hang it as unless it was dead centre the finished piece wouldn’t hang straight. I solved it by using 2 D rings with wire between them so that it could find it’s own centre.

Best way to attach the flowers? Hot glue gun. I began with the hot colours at the top.

I did actually work it with the wood vertical gainst the wall. This is how it will be seen when hung and I didn’t want to end up with any gaps by working on it flat.

Going well, colours blending into each other quite well.

Still going well. Nearly there.

Blast, ran out of flowers! At this point work on assembly stopped whilst I made more flowers. In total I made and attached 50 flowers.

Finished. The whole family love this piece and I’m hoping that it will come back home after the exhibition. I know I could make another one for me but it wouldn’t be the same and where would I find the time? I reckon this has taken something like 15 hours to make.

I thought you’d like a couple of close ups of the colours used.

I’ve used reds, oranges, yellows, pinks, purples, blues, greys, browns and blacks. A lot of blending and carding. I’ll leave you with my favourite picture, I’m one contented felt maker.

Update on Swaledale pots

You may recall, I liked the blue one but not the pink one.

Then I saw lovely mohair yarn in my stash and decided to give the pink one another chance. So after going stitch mad,

here it is re-felted and finished.

I liked it so much I just had to have a go on the blue one too.

I’m much happier now πŸ™‚


I met Helen from the Swaledale Museum in Reeth earlier this year. During our chat Helen mentioned how nice it would be to have some Swaledale wool fibres on show during the forthcoming Felt Contained exhibition. With my Adelaide Walker hat on I offered to supply the fibres and with my own hat on I offered to make a small felt pot using Swaledale fibres. I’ve even talked Freyalyn into spinning some wool up for us so that Helen will have wool tops, spun wool and felted wool.

Made from hand dyed Swaledale this was my first attempt. Pink interior, then blue, and green layers decorated with dark purple and bright pink.Β  The colours looked great before I began felting but I’ve quickly fallen out with this. In fact, I’m not sure I’ll finish felting it.

This pale blue pot is much better and I’m happy with this. It has a lovely solid feel in my hand and I prefer the straight sided shape. Looks like this is the one the museum will be receiving.